If you are interested in getting involved as a volunteer and want more information on how you can contribute, please contact Tannis Gayler, our Volunteer Coordinator . You will need to complete the online Volunteer Registration Form (South West District) and obtain a Police Check. Take a copy of the Police Check Request Letter provided below to any local police station and your Police Check will be free.
Please note that you must be 14 years old to be a regular volunteer. Volunteers less than 18 years old do not require a Police Check.
Special Olympics Ontario Kitchener-Waterloo (SOO KW) provides year-round opportunities in sports training and athlete competition in a variety of sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Sports give our athletes the opportunity to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, as well as the joy of sharing their talents with their peers, families and the community. As a grassroots, volunteer-based organization, SOO KW relies on the support and dedication of over 250 volunteer coaches, administrators, and event volunteers in order to fulfill our mandate.
Volunteering with SOO KW is an opportunity for you to make a direct impact on the quality of life of individuals with intellectual disabilities, and an opportunity for you to make a meaningful contribution within your community. Getting involved with SOO KW is also an opportunity for volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to:
- Gain new skills for personal and professional development.
- Gain opportunities for travel in Canada and abroad.
- Share your love of sport.
- Take part in our annual Provincial Workshop.
- Experience the satisfaction of helping others develop and succeed - in sport and in life!
Your time and talents can make a difference in the life of a local Special Olympics Athlete.
Potential volunteers must complete the online Volunteer Registration Form (South West District) and obtain a Police Check. NCCP Coaches training should be undertaken within the first year of volunteering.
Types of Volunteers
1. Long-term (2 year minimum)
We occasionally require Council members for our local Community Council. This requires a 2-year commitment, including attendance at monthly Council meetings. Some examples of positions are Registrar, Volunteer Coordinator, Fundraising Coordinator, Treasurer, Sports Tech Coordinator, and Public Relations Coordinator.
2. Short-term (weekly for 4 to 6 months in the winter; 3 months in the summer)
We often need winter or summer season coaches and volunteers for a variety of sports. New volunteers can choose one or more sports of interest and help out or coach athletes weekly.
3. Short-term Events (1 or 2 days)
Periodically we require volunteers to help for one or two day fundraising events, such as one day to help sell goods in a local mall, one day to help with the Dirty Dash, our annual Waterloo Run, or two days to help with the Home Hardware market.